Risk of Sunburn
The month of May had already shown its best side and gave us a taste of the coming summer: enjoying sunshine, eating ice-cream, dressing lightly, going for a swim in the pool or at the beach and the breathe of the sea in the nose – but unfortunately sunburn is also part of the summer!
It is very important to know how to protect skin from harmful UV rays, in order to prevent sunburn and skin cancer. During the hot and sunny days – or during the holidays – good humor and too much confidence are clouding our judgement and we tend to underestimate the danger of UV rays.
Our skin, which is still pale from last winter, needs to adapt to the sun, because the skin must reform the protection pigments that protect us from the sun and burns.
The first advice is the most important one, to prevent sunburn: Give your skin the time it needs to adapt and acclimatize properly to the sun. At the beginning you should look for cover in the shadow, depending on the possibilities, and make sure that the body parts that are particularly exposed such as shoulders and cleavage, are covered. In addition, it is recommended to use a sunscreen with a high protection indicator against UV rays and remember to protect your sensitive scalp and eyes and wear headwear and sunglasses.
If you are a swimmer, it is important that you also protect yourself from UV rays in the water, as the UV rays lose little in intensity under water. Make sure to use a waterproof sunscreen if you go into the pool or the sea. After bathing the protective cream should be applied again on dry skin, as “waterproof” does not mean that the cream remains on the skin for hours, but simply that it will remain on it in the water, for a certain time.
If you are taking regular medications, check if their active ingredients are increasing the photosensitivity of the skin. Psychiatric medications, antibiotics and diabetes medications often increase photosensitivity. In case of uncertainty do not hesitate to ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are still affected by sunburn, despite all the precautions taken, you will have to react at the first signs, such as the appearance of redness on the skin. Creams, gels and lotions based on Aloe Vera or chamomile have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Cooling is always a good measure, but freezer chiller blocks are not suitable for sunburn. Better use linen fabrics that you can dive into cold water. Compresses prepared with white cheese or yoghurt has limited use because lactic acid molecules can promote inflammation. Your trusted pharmacist can advise you.
Anyway, it is advisable to drink plenty of water, because the skin is lacking fluid due to sunburn.
If you have severe symptoms such as blistering, fever, nausea, vomiting or a headache, you should consult a doctor. He or she may prescribe medication if necessary. This is especially important for infants and children.
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